Starting to garden again!

The weekend weather was mild and so I tackled the garden. The side fence and wall were cleared of clematis and ivy, and rampant rose branches were cut out. A local man is going to build a store for the wood, using pallets left from a neighbouring building.

The Japanese Anenomes, starting to scatter seed everywhere, were cut down.

Japanese anemone seedheads
Japanese anemone seedheads

And I planted the bed which was cleared, I hope, of ground elder in the autumn. There are now five small plants of Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, Tellima Grandiflora, Bergenia ‘Abendglut’, and Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’.

Elsewhere there are signs of new life together with winter colour.

Hornbeam, bergenias, miscanthus & stipa
Hornbeam, bergenias, miscanthus & stipa

Counterpoint in weather

Over there the geraniums need pampering. This splendid plant has faithfully repaid attention for five years: ‘..It begins to flower indoors in late April or early May and then is put outdoors. Trimmed and fed it stays quiet for a while, but now has burst into bloom. Has it not repaid attention?..’.

14.7.9 Pink geranium, 2

Over here they stayed outside and made it through the winter unaided this year!